Yakimovich Programs and Sessions

Sessions offered in the Yakimovich Wellness Centre are virtual or in-person and free.

We hope these sessions:

  • Help you better navigate your health and aging journey;
  • Increase your knowledge, skills and access to resources in your community and within the health care system; 
  • Provide a variety of topics to help you Be Well, Be Secure, Be Connected, and Be Enriched

If you require any assistance with creating an account or registering with Learning Hub, please contact Liz McCarter at Elizabeth.McCarter@islandhealth.ca.


Calendar of Upcoming Sessions

October and November 2022 Sessions - All sessions/ programs are free

Topic: Healthy Living with Chronic Conditions
Date: Wednesdays, October 5 – November 9, 2022
Time: 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (each week)
Facilitators: Trained Peer Leaders, Self-Management BC
Registration: Required - Self-Management BC at 1-866-902-3767 or www.selfmanagementbc.ca

Session Description

Healthy living with chronic conditions Self-Management Program you will:

  • Learn to better manage your health
  • Set goals and problem solve
  • Communicate effectively with your health care team
  • Take action and live a healthy life

Topic: Introduction to Advance Care Planning (ACP) – Two part series (via zoom)
Date: Fridays, October 14 (Part 1) and October 21 (Part 2), 2022
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. (each session)
Presenters: Gabi Townsend and Liz McCarter
Registration: Learning Management System (LMS)

Session Description:

Let’s start the conversation on Advance Care Planning (ACP). This two part workshop will help you:

  • Think: about your values, wishes, beliefs and what’s important to you
  • Start: the conversation with family, friends and health care providers
  • Document: your wishes for future health care decisions

To get the most out of the series – it is important to sign up for each part 1 and part 2.

Topic: Nature is good for us – But why?
Date: Tuesday, October 18, 2022
Time: 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Presenter: Dr. Robert Gifford, Professor of Psychology, University of Victoria, UVic Speaker’s Bureau
Registration: Required - Learning Management System (LMS)

Session Description:

We all know that engaging with the natural world has benefits. In this talk, how and why those benefits occur is explored, based on evidence from environmental psychology.

Topic: Healthy Living = Healthy Heart
Date: Thursday, October 20, 2022
Time: 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Presenter: Sandy Gilmour, Kinesologist, RN, ACSM Exercise Specialist with over 30 years’ experience in cardiac rehab. Sandy teaches Cardiac Rehab course at BCIT and Cardiopulmonary Rehab at Camosun College. Retired from Cardiac Rehab Department, Island Health. Program Deliverer and Instructor, Take Heart Breathe Well exercise program
Registration: Required - Learning Management System (LMS)

Session Description:

In this session you will learn:

  • Description of heart anatomy and how it works
  • Common conditions that afflict the heart
  • Current treatments for t hose common diseases (i.e. Cardiac Bypass surgery, Angioplasty and Stents) 
  • Common heart medications and their actions
  • What we can do to help out our own heart
    • Through diet
    • Dealing with stress reduction and depression
    • Heart healthy exercise ideas
  • Services and programs that are available in our community

Topic: Chronic Pain Self-Management Program
Date: Mondays, October 17th - November 21sts, 2022 (6 consecutive weeks)
Time: 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (each week)
Facilitators: Trained Peer Leaders, Self-Management BC
Registration: Required - Self-Management BC at 1-866-902-3767 or www.selfmanagementbc.ca

Session Description:

The Chronic Pain Self Management Program is a free six week workshop. The workshop helps people living with chronic pain and their caregivers to better manage symptoms and activities of daily life. Participants receive the “Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Pain” companion book and the “Moving Easy” CD. Participants should attend all six sessions to get the maximum benefit. 

Learn how to:

  • Understand and manage symptoms
  • Deal with stress and difficult emotions
  • Learn to safely maintain physical activity and improve flexibility
  • Communicate effectively with our health care team

Topic: Advance Serious Illness Planning: Preparing for the Unexpected
Date: Thursday, November 3, 2022
Time: 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Presenter: Dr. Daren Heyland, a critical physician who champions patient-centred care, and has received training in Internal Medicine, Critical Care Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology. He has developed tools and strategies to enable lay people to understand serious illness decisions – making so they get the medical care that is right for them (or their loved ones). 

Session Description:

Worried about what might happen to you if you were to get seriously ill, like with severe COVID infection? Will you get the ‘right’ medical care? Is ICU right for you? Or, maybe you are concerned about an older loved one, and what might happen to them? Want to make sure our voice is heard and you do not leave to burden of life and death decision-making to an ill prepared loved one?

Come to this session to learn how to engage in advance illness planning to hear Dr. Heyland, explain the benefits of engaging in a new way of preparing for the unexpected, using a novel tool – Plan Well Guide.


Past Sessions

June 2022

Title: Get the Facts about MAID (Medical Assistance in Dying) (in person)
Date: Thursday, June 2, 2022
Time: 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Presenter: Debrah Beukes, MAID Coordinator, Palliative and End of Life Care, Island Health
Course #: 28629

Session Description:

In this session you will learn about:

  • What is Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID)
  • Eligibility
  • Updates in the new laws for MAID

Title: Computer and Printer Choices and File Management (in person)
Date: Monday, June 6, 2022
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Presenter: Dave Bassett, a teacher of technology to many adults in Victoria
Course #: 28664

Session Description

This session will include:

  • Uploading and downloading
  • Apps – how do you know they are saved and how much space they tak up on computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones
  • What do I need – desktop, tablet, laptop, smartphone computers
  • Managing files – including music and photos
  • Learning about the various types of printers and what they do

Title: Digestive Health (via zoom)
Date: Monday, June 6, 2022
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Presenter: Swati Scott, Dietician, Island Health
Course #: 28630

Session Description

In this session you will learn:

  • Overview and how the digestive system works 
  • Common digestive problems:
    • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
    • Gall Bladder disease
    • Celiac Disease
    • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
    • Other digestive issues 
  • Question and Answers

Title: The Role of Gut Microbiota in Gut-Brain-Immune System Communication: An Update (in person)
Date: Friday, June 10, 2022
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Presenter: Dr. Ed Ishiguro, Professor Emeritus, Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology, University of Victoria and the UVIC Speaker’s Bureau
Course #: 28631

Session Description:

An update on the role of gut bacteria in the regulation of the gut immune system and gut-brain communication.

Title: Social Media and Computer Security (in person)
Date: Monday, June 13, 2022
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Presenter: Dave Bassett, a teacher of technology to many in Victoria
Course #: 28666

Session Description:

Social Media and security – what does it all mean and what do I need to know:

  • Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, Skype, WhatsApp and Twitter
  • Security issues on different apps/programs and devices
  • Scam reviews 

Title: Here Today Gone Tomorrow (in person)
Date: Wednesday, June 15, 2022
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Facilitators: Victoria Hospice Education and Research, Island Health
Course#: 28147

Session Description:

Conversations about death can be difficult to approach but we know that these discussions are important and necessary for clarifying values, wishes and goals about care and end of life care. There are a number of tools such as advance care planning which helps to achieve these goals, but often this planning is left until a person is ageing, or is diagnosed with a life limiting illness. To encourage de-stigmatizing these difficult conversations, Victoria Hospice has developed a series of conversation starters that you can use in you home with your family, friends and loved ones.

Here Today, Gone Tomorrow is a conversation game around living, dying, and what matters most. When you register for this session, you will receive the card deck that will be used to begin conversations. The conversations have four simple rules: listen, reflect, write and share (or not!). This card deck is an easy, safe and sensitive way to reflect on what matters most.

Title: Intro and Review - iPad/iPhone (in person)
Date: Monday, June 20, 2022
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Presenter: Dave Bassett, a teacher of technology to many adults in Victoria
Course #: 28665

Session Description:

Bought or received an iPad and do not known how to use it? Or thinking of getting or giving one and want to know what the craze is all about? 

  • Demonstrate; transferring songs to you iPad from the internet or CD, sync with your MAC or PC, playback options, transferring podcasts to our iPad, basic operation. 

Title: Android – Tablets and Phones (e.g. Samsung) etc. (in person)
Date: Monday, June 27, 2022
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Presenter: Dave Bassett, a teacher of technology to many adults in Victoria
Course #: 28667

Session Description:

Any questions to do with your tablet (e.g. Samsung) or smart phone (e.g. LG, Samsung) will be discussed.

March 2022

Title: How to Stop your Bladder from Running your Life (Course #: 28141)
Date: Friday, March 11, 2022
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 
Presenter: Jodi Ganton, BSCPT, Registered Physiotherapist, Pelvic Floor Rehab
Location: Via Zoom (the zoom link will open 15 minutes before the start of the session – give participants time to connect via zoom)

Session Description:

Learn how pelvic floor function and lifestyle habits impact bladder health. Bladder leakage is not a normal part of aging – come to this session to learn how exercise and lifestyle modifications will help you to take control of your bladder.

Title: Introduction to Advance Care Planning
Dates: Thursday, March 17, 2022 and Thursday, March 24, 2022
Part 1 (March 17); Part 2 (March 24) (Course #’s: Part 1: 24097; Part 2: 24098)
Note: please register for Part 1 and Part 2 separately as they are listed as two separate sessions – important to start with Part 1 first. 
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. for both Part 1 and Part 2
Facilitators: Gabi Townsend and Liz McCarter                  
Location: Via Zoom

Session Description:

We plan for birthdays, weddings, and even dinner - so why don't we plan our health care? What health care decisions are made when you are no longer capable of making them yourself? Who acts as your Representative or Substitute Decision Maker? What are your values, wishes and beliefs? These are all questions that get addressed during your advance care planning process.

Although Advance Care Planning is often thought of as planning for the end of life, it is really about planning for life, up to and including death. It is a process of thinking about what is important to you. What are your beliefs, values and wishes for your care?

Advance care planning is also about sharing those wishes, especially with your substitute decision-maker (the person who will speak for you if you can’t speak for yourself) so that your family and friends know how you would like to be cared for in the future. But lots of resources have too much medical, and legal jargon it's hard to know where to start.

This two-part workshop, important to register for both part 1 and part 2 as both parts will help you tackle planning with confidence. You will finish having the tools and skills to start the conversation with your friends, loved ones, and health care providers. Each session is approximately 1.5 hours long, and will help participants get started working on their own plans, and having conversations with their loved ones.

Title: Cellular Senescence and it Role in Human Aging (Course#: 28144)
Date: Friday, March 18, 2022
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Presenter: Dr. Ed Ishiguro, Professor Emeritus, Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology, University of Victoria (UVic) and UVic Speaker’s Bureau.
Location: In person, Yakimovich Wellness Centre

Session Description:

The accumulation of cells that no longer proliferate (senescence) in tissues has become a hallmark of aging and age-associated disorders. Learn about the implications of cellular senescence on healthy aging.

Title: Here Today, Gone Tomorrow Conversation Game (Course #: 28147)
Date: Monday, March 21, 2022
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Facilitators: Victoria Hospice Education and Research Team
Location: Via Zoom

Session Description:

Conversations about death can be difficult to approach but we know that these discussions are important and necessary for clarifying values, wishes and goals about care and end of life care. There are a number of tools such as advance care planning which helps to achieve these goals, but often this planning is left until a person is ageing, or is diagnosed with a life limiting illness. To encourage de-stigmatizing these difficult conversations, Victoria Hospice has developed a series of conversation starters that you can use in you home with your family, friends and loved ones.

Anyone is welcome to register for this facilitated game featuring its very own Here Today, Gone Tomorrow cards. Here Today, Gone Tomorrow is a conversation game around living, dying, and what matters most.

Title: Food and Mood (Course#: 28142)
Date: Wednesday, March 23, 2022
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Presenter: Swati Scott, Dietician, Community Health Services, Island Health
Location: Via zoom

Session Description:

Do you ever wonder if what you eat impacts your mood? If yes, this session is for you - you will learn:

  • The connection food has with our brains
  • Foods that have an impact on our mood

Title: Getting your Affairs in Order (Course #: 28146)
Date: Thursday, March 24, 2022
Time: 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Presenter: Dustin Marnell, has been a member of the Canadian Bar Association since 2008. Dustin volunteers his time at a number of organizations and frequently presents on the topics of: wills and estate planning, incapacity planning, and estate administration.
Location: either via zoom or in person at the Yakimovich Wellness Centre.

Session Description:

This 2 hour session will cover:
•    Wills and Estates
•    Representation Agreements
•    Power of Attorney
•    Incapacity planning
•    Acting as an executor

Title: Women’s Incontinence Support Group - 3rd Tuesday/month
Dates: Tuesday, March 15, 2022; April 19, 2022, May 17, 2022
Time: 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Zoom link opens at 1:15 p.m.)
Facilitators: Donna Ross, Retired RN, who specialized in incontinence health and care and Liz McCarter (hosts) 
Contact: Liz McCarter, Elizabeth.McCarter@islandhealth.ca

Session Description:

The women’s Incontinence support group is for any woman experiencing any kind of incontinence or urgency; share their experiences, listen to others, share resources and receive some education in a supportive environment. 

January 2022

Course #27715 - YWC: Creating our own Circle of Care as Caregivers

Date: Wednesday, January 19, 2022
Time: 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Location: Via Zoom
Presenter: Lycia Rodrigues, MA (she/her), Caregiver Support Manager - Family Caregivers of British Columbia 

Session Description:

In this engaging presentation, we shine a light on family and friend caregivers and  explore their unique experiences through times of great challenge and transition. Based on these  experiences, what needs can we identify? And what supports are available for them? During this  experiential presentation we reinforce the essential need to increase informal respite options for caregivers by mobilizing an informal circle of care with friends, neighbours and community supports. At Family Caregivers of BC, we understand the importance of relationships in our lives and the need for strong support networks.

Course # 24097 -YWC: Introduction to Advance Care Planning – Part 1
Course # 24098 - YWC: Introduction to Advance Care Planning – Part 2

Date: Thursdays, January 20 and January 27, 2022
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. (both sessions)
Presenters: Gabi Townsend and Liz McCarter
Location: Via Zoom

Session Description

We plan for birthdays, weddings, and even dinner - so why don't we plan our health care? What health care decisions are made when you are no longer capable of making them yourself? Who acts as your Representative or Substitute Decision Maker? What are your values, wishes and beliefs? These are all questions that get addressed during your advance care planning process.

Although Advance Care Planning is often thought of as planning for the end of life, it is really about planning for life, up to and including death. It is a process of thinking about what is important to you. What are your beliefs, values and wishes for your care?

Advance care planning is also about sharing those wishes, especially with your substitute decision-maker  (the person who will speak for you if you can’t speak for yourself) so that your family and friends know how you would like to be cared for in the future. But lots of resources have too much medical, and legal jargon it's hard to know where to start.

This two-part workshop, important to register for both part one and part two as both parts will help you tackle planning with confidence. You will finish having the tools and skills to start the conversation with your friends, loved ones, and health care providers.

Each session is approximately 1.5 hours long, and will help participants get started working on their own  plans, and having conversations with their loved ones

Course # 27717 - YWC: Fear Ageism, Not Aging

Date: Friday, January 21, 2022
Time: 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Location: Via Zoom
Presenter: Gabi Townsend, BC Community Response Networks (CRN) as Coordinator of the Victoria CRN, Gabi is a seasoned presenter on senior issues such has how to maintain a healthy brain, dementia and family caregivers and Advance Care Planning. 

Session Description:

The concept of ageism is a puzzle with many pieces. If getting older is something we  all do everyday – and there are no exceptions – then why do we discriminate against older people – when one day every one of us will be the old ones! Join us to learn more about how you can help yourself, and your peers, see aging in a new way.

Course #27716 - YWC: You are What They Eat: Your Gut Bacteria and Their Interactions with your Diet

Date: Wednesday, February 9, 2022
Time: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Location: Yakimovich Wellness Centre (register early as registration will stop at 15 people registered)
Presenter: Dr. Ed Ishiguro, Dr. Ed Ishiguro, Professor Emeritus, Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology, University of Victoria (UVic) and UVic Speaker’s Bureau

Session Description:

An update on what scientists are learning about how gut bacterial interactions with your diet influences your health.

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